Monday, May 12, 2014

Mother's Day 2014

I knew my dear hardworking husband had not been to town for probably at least a month. (Except last Saturday when I was with him and we nipped into town to get trim.)  So I knew not to expect anything for Mother's Day.  I am pretty sure that he didn't even know it was coming up until Blake brought me a planted flower home from school on Friday.  He knows that I really wanted a Bosch, and when I mentioned  to him that they were on sale for Mother's Day, he told me to go to town and get it, but I could not bring myself to put down the money for it.  There were however a couple of other things that I had been eyeing that also happened to be on sale this weekend (store people must know we are all suckers for a sale:) and so I decided to pick them up.  This is the most amazing cheese grater ever.  It does vegetables and cheese.  You plug it in and push the button and it is all dishwasher safe.  We grated a ton of cheese, just because we could, in a matter of minutes.  Very easy clean up.
I am really enjoying this book.  It is very interesting to me to see the background and reasoning behind some of their traditions.  It was 1/2 the price at Costco than it was anywhere else.
I use chalk all the time when I sew.  To mark stitches, pleats, zipper, make a pattern bigger or smaller, or just trace a pattern.  I was getting very low.  Leah got me some more for Mother's Day.
My friend makes these flower earrings that I love.  I have quite a few of them.  I had a few more colors I wanted to get.  At school Blake can earn tacks for doing good things, having agendas signed, cleaning desks, etc.  After a certain number they get to pick a prize.  I guess Mandy has been donating to the prize bucket.  Blake has been hard at work earning tacks so he could get me these earrings.  I was very impressed with the observation of my two kids and the effort they took to get something for me.  I did end up picking up the chalk for Leah since Dave never went to town.  She was disappointed about that. But I thought they were both very thoughtful.
I decided to make some of my favorites for my meal.  I cut the steak very thin, marinated it, then Dave and I wove it on to skewers and he BBQed it.  Asparagus was cooked perfectly and I enjoyed the left overs in my omelet for breakfast this morning.
Black Forest Cheesecake.  Definitely a keeper.  Really really good.
After dinner everyone did dishes for me.  When we get together with the Smith's my mom will round up all the teenage girls and have them pick a job.  Wash, Rinse, Dry or Put away. As the adults put the food away and take care of other things the teenagers do the dishes.  I love that my mom has got them in on helping.  That is were we usually have our best chats, all helping together and laughing and teasing.  Pretty soon the moms will be able to sit and relax after dinner and the girls will do all the work.  I love this training and right of passage that they go through.  Growing and maturing and taking on more responsibility.  Anyways I got sidetracked, so that is what my kids and husband did yesterday also.  Everyone picked a chore and they were done so fast.

After they filled both sinks with soapy water and played.  I thought it was funny that my teenagers and Blake were playing with bubbles in the sink like little kids.  They had a blast.

I read my awesome book for a while, then we decided to go for a little walk.  Turned into an almost 2 hour walk.  It was such a beautiful day, we just kept walking and walking.  Dave came home to discover a very flat tire on his car, he fixed that and the kids jumped on the tramp.  At bedtime Cora asked Dave to give her a blessing.  She started PAT's today and was a little nervous. She is like me and hates to ask.  I always feel so needy when I ask for a blessing.  I know we need the Lord's help and that is why blessings are available, but I always feel funny asking for them.  But I am trying to teach my kids that a blessing is not just for them, it can also be for the person giving the blessing.
It was a really nice Mother's Day. Thank you to the great example I had and do have in my mom and sister.  And for the wonderful mother-in-law I have. For the great way that she raised the perfect husband for me. Happy Mother's Day

PS.  Our keyboard has gone kaput. Dave has borrowed one from work so I could blog today, but it has to go back tomorrow.  So if you don't hear from me for a while, we are looking for one and will be back sometime.:)


  1. Ooooh! Can I have your recipe for the black forest cheesecake - they look delicious! Glad you had a nice mother's day.

  2. Happy Mother's Day! I sure love and appreciate those daughters of yours. We will be sad when you move away.Thank you so much for the cookie bouquet's! They were delicious.

  3. Sounds like you had a wonderful Mothers Day. I Have to agree with you on the sale fact. I love a good sale. I have always want a Bosh myself my mom has one and it make's the best bread just to name one. Your cheese grater looks cool. Its so nice when all you have to do is throw it in the dish washer. Randan got me a mini ninja for my birthday a year or two ago and its wonderful. That is how I chop my cheese. The earrings are very cute. I am hungry just looking at your meal. I love your picks.